Research Seminar

Seminar Coordinators: Prof. Wenxi JIANG and Prof. Yizhou XIAO


Students can concentrate on the following six subjects: Strategic Management, International Business, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, Organization Theory, and Entrepreneurship.

Required Lecture Courses
BASA 6001 Research Methodology in Behavioral Studies I
This course is divided into two main parts. The first part is focused on the application of the philosophy of science to behavioral research in business. Basic concepts such as explanation, scientific laws, and theory are introduced and discussed. The second part provides an introduction to the various stages of scientific research which include research design, measurement scale and development, sampling design, data collection and statistical analysis. Even though mathematical proofs and statistical derivations will be reduced to a minimum, having the knowledge of basic statistics and matrix manipulations will be helpful. 
BASA 6002 Research Methodology in Behavioral Studies II
This course is the continuation of BSA6001. The course covers selected advanced topics associated with the behavioral research process. In particular, students will learn how to apply various types of research design and statistical methods, and how to interpret the results. Sample topics include among others experimental design, measurement theory, cross-cultural research, significance tests and statistical power, interaction and moderating effects, multi-level analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, and structural equation modeling. Even though mathematical proofs and statistical derivations will be reduced to a minimum, having the knowledge of basic statistics and matrix manipulations will be helpful. 
MGNT 6022 Advanced Seminar in Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior
This course is designed to further the knowledge of research and theory in the various areas of managing human resources. Topics covered include staffing, performance appraisal, training and development, compensation, employee relations, leadership, motivation, group dynamics, job and work design and strategic human resource management. 
MGNT 6232 Advanced Seminar in Management Theory
This course focuses on contemporary management theories. Major areas of study include: perspectives on organizational studies, transaction cost and agency theories, environmental effects and strategic behavior, organizational linkages and networking, organizational change and culture, technology management and innovation, power and organizational politics, Chinese values and culture, and cross-cultural management issues. The focus is on theory building in management research. 


Elective Lecture CourseMinimum Requirement
MGNT 6242 Advanced Seminar in Strategic Management and International Business
This course is designed primarily for doctoral students to further their knowledge of theory and research of strategic management (SM) and international business (IB). In addition, the course is to help the participants enhance their capabilities for empirical studies in SM and IB and to facilitate the development of their personal research interests that will be incorporated into their research proposals. The course provides the participants an opportunity to be exposed to classic readings and the latest developments of theory and research issues in areas of SM and IB. In each class session participants are required to read a set of articles that are selected around a given topic and engage in discussions on the evaluation of respective theory and research methods. The course takes a seminar style and participants are required to read the articles assigned by the instructor prior to each class session and actively participate in class discussions. 


Required Thesis Research CourseMinimum Requirement
MGNT 8003 or 
MGNT 8006 or 
MGNT 8012
Thesis Research
To monitor students’ progress in thesis and research. 
1 course every term
Students who have not taken the following courses in their undergraduate/master program should take them as additional courses if specified by the department. Units earned would not be counted into the minimum units of lecture courses for graduation.
MGNT 2040 or
MGNT 5020
Human Resource Management
This course deals with the study of optimum utilization of human resource within a working organization. The primary focus is on the application of behavioral science concepts to analyze the human resource problems which affect organizational performance. Major topics include manpower planning, job analysis, recruitment, training and development, motivation and maintenance of work force, communication, performance evaluation, compensation, employee relations, quality of work life and career management.

Prerequisite: HTMG 1010 or MGNT 1010 or 1020.
Human Resource Management
This course deals with the fundamental techniques and procedures used by organizations to develop, motivate, and maintain the human resource. Topics include: manpower planning, job analysis, staffing, performance appraisal, training and development, compensation management, health and safety, industrial relations, and computerized personnel system.

Prerequisite: MGNT 5010 or equivalent 
MGNT 3010 or
MGNT 6110
Organizational Behavior
This course provides an in-depth study in the understanding and modification of human behavior in organizations. Major topics include framework of organizational behavior, concepts of human behavior, group dynamics, techniques of behavioral sciences as applied to organizational behavior and future perspectives of organizational behavior within the context of management. 

Prerequisite: HTMG 1010 or MGNT 1020
Organizational Behavior
This course seeks to help each individual develop himself, both cognitively and personally, to be an effective manager of people. Knowledge from the behavioral sciences is introduced to assist future managers to increase their sensitivity and flexibility in dealing with interpersonal problems. Topics include individual behavior, perception, motivation, leadership, formal organization practices and dysfunctions, communications, group behavior and organizational development. Special subjects such as cultural influences on business practices and special problems of family businesses are also highlighted. 
MGNT 4010 or
MGNT 6141
Business Policy & Strategy
This integrating course is concerned with the formulation, implementation and evaluation of business strategies. Topics include: selection of objectives, analysis and diagnosis of business environment, evaluation of strengths and weaknesses, selection of strategies, the creation of corporate identity and structure, the acquisition and development of resource, and strategy review, evaluation and control. By bringing together a number of business disciplines and functions, this course enables students to come to grip with building and maintaining a consistent and effective policy framework for a business enterprise.

Prerequisites: MGNT 1020/ HTMG 1010 and at least two 3000/4000 level courses offered by CUHK Business School, or permission from the instructor(s).
Business Strategy
This is a capstone course. Topics to be discussed include: program strategy versus grand strategy, formulating business strategies, strategic choice, relations between business strategy and structure, strategic management of human resources, strategy evaluation and control, and the management of change. The course is conducted in an interactive and seminar style.

Prerequisite: MBAC5011 

Minimum graduation requirement on lecture courses : 12 units